Details & Itinerary
Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on service trip and Hurricane Maria relief effort. Home construction service work is the heart of this program, with projects designed for and with local families. Practice Spanish and learn about local customs while working alongside welcoming community members in need. Take a break from projects to experience the adrenaline-pumping Toro Negro zip-line, relax on the beach, and explore the colorful streets of Old San Juan.
Participants fly into San Juan, Puerto Rico (no passport necessary!) and meet their Global Works leaders at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. We pack up the vans and head back through San Juan and west 30 minutes to our group lodging in the small, beach side town of Cerro Gordo. Day 1 is dedicated to getting to know each other and learning about our upcoming projects.
The next day we are ready to dig into our community development work in nearby Villa del Río. This close-knit village is comprised of relocated families that are re-building their homes and are thrilled to have students come join them in work. We spend the next five days fixing up homes, working on education projects with local kids, and sharing home cooked meals and laughs with community members. We take a break one afternoon to take a guided and educational tour of San Juan. With our professional guide, Alvin, we tour Puerto Rico’s many historic sites, including the old fort of “El Morro” and the Rio Piedras market, with its colorful murals and paintings. Each late afternoon/ evening, we enjoy group activities such as swimming at local beaches, practicing “La Bomba” dance moves, hosting a pool party with local families, and participating in various cross-cultural activities.
On our final day, we take an guided hike through the El Yunque tropical rainforest. We enjoy a final, celebratory dinner, providing time for reflections and memories. Punctuating the trip is an evening kayak through the magnificent bio-luminescent bay. On Day 8, we depart from home.
Airfare is not included the tuition. Participants are to meet their trip leaders at San Juan (SJU) airport in Puerto Rico. Global Works can assist with individual airfare arrangements. Please visit Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.
Adventure & Cultural Activities
The “Big Yellow House” is Global Works Puerto Rico base and is perfect for groups! Students stay four per room in bunk rooms with private baths, and share in the cooking responsibilities. Our home is on an acre of land with sand volleyball courts, group meeting space, and is a 5-minute walk to pristine beaches.
The final evening is spent at a small, locally run hotel in Fajardo, a convenient distance from both the evening kayak excursion and the San Juan International airport.